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Poster: ducats Date: Jun 19, 2009 5:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just let this be a warning(non-Dead)

I don't understand. Is the guy that's rambling also playing copyrighted material?

the only difference that really matters between us and china is the protection of private property, which obvioulsy includes intellectual property

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Jun 19, 2009 11:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just let this be a warning(non-Dead)

The only music that he plays are those jungles that were custom made for his station. He owns his own local programming! The RIAA wants to be paid even if he doesn't play their crappy music. It's just like what the mafia used to do with businesses in NYC...

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 19, 2009 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just let this be a warning(non-Dead)

What ducats said. This point-counterpoint has raged around here since the boards went down in 05. Our boys are/were the exception rather than the rule. Even as they allowed tapers into the shows, they had no concept of what the internet was capable of doing to the industry.

At the time, tape trading was akin to sending mail via pony express. No one could have envisioned music downloads on demand. To say their policy shift in 05 was hypocritical is disingenuous, rather it was a response to a sign of the times. Protectionist, certainly, but the vault was all that was left to mine in terms of revenue for the Grateful Dead.

On the other hand, setting examples in open court of some poor lady that dl'd a few tunes is overly stringent. If anyone should be at risk, it should be the enablers, the dealers that have set up these pirate sites that do not police their offerings in terms of copyrighted material.

In the industrial materials world in which I derive an income from, the Chinese have shoved it in my ass too far and for too long with "functionally equivalent" materials that barely skirt patent and copyright laws. While inside the border we still must function with the infrastructure protections in place, they are capable of importing goods that steal jobs, and in the case of American textiles, entire industries.

It aint just a 99 cent song.

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